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Madison Food Explorers

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Address: 2406 Upham St, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: +1 608-630-5549
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Sat 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Our tours offer an opportunity to learn about Madison's history and culture...

Our tours offer an opportunity to learn about Madison's history and culture via a walking food tour. Our Lake to Lake Tour features top Madison attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace and the State Capitol building, accompanied with food samples that are uniquely Wisconsin - artisan cheeses, brats, locally-brewed beer, and ice cream. Enough food will be served to make you happy! Tours start at 12:30 pm, rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Monroe Street Sunday Brunch and Friday Happy Hour Tours also available - please see our calendar. Private tours by foot or bus may be arranged.

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Monroe St Tour

Highly recommend! Erica was an excellent tour guide and also the owner of MFE. We enjoyed walking around the area, hearing about the history of Madison and stopping at delicious... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Hortonville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent our anniversary weekend in Madison and tried the downtown tour based on reviews and what fit into our schedule. We are so glad we did! Erica is the owner and was our tour guide. Her husband was also along and they are both very friendly. This tour is well organized starting at the Monona Terrace and ending at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend! Erica was an excellent tour guide and also the owner of MFE. We enjoyed walking around the area, hearing about the history of Madison and stopping at delicious restaurants along the way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

An excellent balance between food sampling and learning about the history of Madison. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is a great tour for Madison residents and visitors to Madison. We stopped at seven iconic Madison food destinations, so it's a great place to bring your out-of-town guests. We hit so many of Madison's highlights in one afternoon; I couldn't have planned it better myself! I learned a ton about the Madison's history, architecture, and the food scene,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

Madison Food Explorers is the perfect way to see the city, and try some unique, tasty eats along the way. We walked from lake to lake, getting all the goodness the isthmus has to offer at each stop. I loved learning about the Frank Lloyd Wright history, as well as hearing fun Wisco-only facts during the tour. Erica was super... More 

Thank SconnieFoodie38
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

We went on the Lake to Lake Saturday tour and absolutely loved it. Our guide, Erica, is a font of knowledge about food and Wisconsin history and architecture. Even though we live in Madison we learned more about our city on each stop. The food choices were great and carefully chosen to represent Madison. We saw so much in three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016

My friend and I had a great time on the Happy Hour tour with our guide, Erica. Not only did we get to sample some great food and enjoy delicious drinks, but we also got to learn a bit more about the city we call home. I loved learning about the neighborhoods around the Capitol that I walk through each... More 

Thank Katie S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2015

We really enjoyed the food tour. There was enough history to make it interesting and yet not too much. The food stops were great, the only thing that was not perfect was, didn't have enough room for all the food and beverages. Our tour guide "Kim" was great. Enjoyed walking through downtown Madison around the square area, and the stops.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2015

This was the second time our work group did this specific tour and our guide, Erica, was fantastic. The restaurant choices were ones I have never been to and the food was delicious. Erica also took us around the neighborhood and her knowledge of the history and background is intriguing and very appreciated.

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Winona, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2015

We had a great time on the Food explorers tour. The Heritage Tavern was probably our favorite (and first) stop. We really enjoyed the random facts and history of Madison. Neither of us are from Madison so there's a lot we don't know and it was very interesting. We booked this seeing that it was 1-1.5 miles thinking that wouldn't... More 

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